Practical Fire Investigation

Course overview and learning outcomes

This programme has been developed and is delivered in conjunction with the College of Policing (COP) for both fire investigators and forensic investigators. This is a blended programme, consisting of internet based pre-course study (25 hours), followed by a a one-week practical course.

The course provides delegates with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required for the role of a fire investigator and develops their investigative skills as a fire/crime scene investigator.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, delegates will be able to:   

  • Have an understanding of basic fire science, combustion, fire behaviour, toxicology of fire debris and electricity as a cause of fire
  • Recognise the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies that may be involved in a fire investigation
  • Work as an effective member of a multi-agency team in fire investigation incidents
  • Maintain health and safety at a fire investigation
  • Identify and analyse post-fire indicators that may be present at a fire scene in order to determine origin and cause of fire
  • Identify the effects of an explosion at a fire scene
  • Identify the signs of arson
  • Use observational skills to identify items recovered from the debris, and to recreate the fire scene to identify points of origin
  • Prepare and deliver a presentation on a fire investigation and the findings

Who should attend and key benefits

Members of the UK and overseas fire services, police officers, scenes of crime officers and forensic investigators, members of other agencies who may have a role in fire investigation. Course Entry Criteria Delegates should be working in the field of fire/crime scene investigations, with sound operational experience and who may be expected to be called upon to undertake fire investigations involving fatalities, serious injuries or major financial losses which have the potential to become the subject of legal proceedings. Delegates should also possess a good command of English.

The module is highly practical and includes a number of incident ground exercises, fire scene examination and syndicate work. In short, it provides delegates with an opportunity to practise real skills in realistic fire scenarios, whilst receiving expert guidance and feedback. The experience and skills gained will be invaluable in ensuring that their individual Service has a robust level of competency in terms of fire investigation.

How is the course assessed and accredited?

Progress through the e-learning programme is regularly checked using 'Knowledge Check' screens. In addition, successful completion of the programme is assessed via an online 'What Have You Learnt' test covering all the learning objectives. Delegates are assessed carrying out their investigation, and a presentation as part of a multi-agency team, by observation and questioning, and reports are subsequently created on their performance.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) at level 5.


Fire Service College

Looking to train a group of employees? We are able to run this course at a location of your choice such as your premises or a local venue. To find out more, contact the business development team using our enquiry form.

Dates and prices

26/06/2023 - 30/06/2023

Please contact us for further details and pricing

04/09/2023 - 08/09/2023

£2500.00 +VAT

06/11/2023 - 10/11/2023

£2500.00 +VAT

Prices quoted are our standard, one-off rates and discounts are available. Please contact us via the form on the right so that we can discuss your training requirements and how we can work together to offer you the best price.

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